A man's own folly ruins his life,
yet his heart rages against the Lord.
Wealth brings many friends,
but a poor man's friend deserts him.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who pours out lies will not go free.
Many curry favor with a ruler,
and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.
A poor man is shunned by all his relatives—
how much more do his friends avoid him!
Though he pursues them with pleading,
they are nowhere to be found.
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